Smartphones, Technology and Progress

With so much technology being developed, I sometimes wonder about the intersection of technology and progress. Are we really achieving progress through technological innovation? Are these examples of progress?


    • I observe people walking about with their heads down focused on texting or running apps on smartphones. I have witnessed people colliding with stationary and moving objects as well as near accidents with people walking into the path of moving vehicles.


    • A group of young people are sitting in a cafe or other venue texting with each other on smartphones. Is it not better for them to socialize in the physical world when they have the chance?


    • Smartphone usage while driving a car, either talking or texting.


  • Crackberry users of smartphones from RIM.


What about the notion that technology is supposed to return more leisure time to people? By now, that is pretty much myth. I do not know of many professions where people are actually working fewer hours due to the availability of technology.

Here it is January 3rd, 2011, fresh at the beginning of a new year. iPhone owners returning to work on this day do not have iPhone alarm function working for them. vivo


    • iPhone alarm malfunctions worldwide. $10 no-name alarm clock available worldwide rises in stock price. The former is true. The latter is hogwash sarcasm. Recommendation: Buy a $10 backup alarm clock!


    • The funny part is that they cannot seem to fix it after 3 days running! And now there is talk of the need to rewrite iOS – re-inventing the wheel time!


    • Embarrassment, yes. But I doubt this will affect Apple sales, stock price or reputation. After all, it is not as though the iPhone cannot make phone calls! It just dumbed down for a few days.


  • Apple stock hit an all-time high of $330.26 on January 3rd, 2011.


The use of smartphones is increasingly becoming a problem in public situations such as:


  • Smartphone usage in orchestra halls. I think it is annoying enough for audience members to fumble through the program booklet or to unwrap plastic wrappers on candy during quiet passages in a classical music performance. Imagine a smartphone ringing and the audacity of the audience member to partake in a conversation right there and then in the middle of the performance.

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